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The History Department congratulates our 2014 departmental prize winners:
Anne Morgan Koenig (co-winner), Harold Perkin Prize for Best Dissertation, for "Robbed of their Minds: Madness, Medicine and Society in Southeastern Germany from 1350 to 1500"
Teri Chettiar (co-winner), Harold Perkin Prize for Best Dissertation, for "The Psychiatric Family: Citizenship, Private Life, and Emotional Health in Welfare-State Britain, 1945-1979"
Marcos Abreu Leitão de Almeida, George Romani Prize for Best First-Year Paper, for "The Language of Slavery among Kongo-Yaka Speakers: Vulnerability, Exclusion and Enslavement in the Lower Congo Region (Early Times to C.1665)"
Ryan Burns, T. W. Heyck Prize for Graduate Research in British or Irish History
Jesse Nasta, Lacey Baldwin Smith Prize for Seminar Teaching Excellence
Samuel Kling, Lacey Baldwin Smith Prize for Excellence as a Teaching Assistant
We salute of all our of recent Ph.D. graduates, listed here with the titles of their dissertations:
Shannon G. Blaha, "Mutual Interest: A Study of Cultural Cross-Border Cooperation in Ireland, 1938-1968."
Teri Chettiar, “The Psychiatric Family: Citizenship, Private Life, and Emotional Health in Welfare-State Britain, 1945-1979.”
D’Weston L. Haywood, “Let Us Make Man: Black Newspapers and a Gendered Vision of Racial Advancement, 1915-1960s.”
Theresa M. Keeley, “Reagan's Gun-Toting Nuns: Catholicism and U.S.-Central American Relations.”
Anne M. Koenig, “'Robbed of their Minds': Madness, Medicine and Society in Southeastern Germany from 1350 to 1500.”
Stephanie L. Nadalo, “Constructing Pluralism in Seventeenth Century Livorno: Managing Religious Minorities in a Mediterranean Free Port (1537-1737).”
Laurence H. Robbins, “The Foundations of Education: Charity and the Educational Revolution in Tudor and Stuart England, 1560-1640.”
James Zarsadiaz, “Where the Wild Things Are: "Country Living," Asian American Suburbanization, and the Politics of Space in Los Angeles' East San Gabriel Valley, 1945-2005.”
Matthew June has received a Weinberg College Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award for 2013-14.
Kyle Burke won a nine-month dissertation completion fellowship from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.
Joy Sales won a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which will help subsidize her coursework in Tagalog this summer.
Nick Smith won an SSRC International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) that will enable him to pursue research on the history of Somali pirates next year.
Marlous van Waijenburg won a dissertation fellowship from the Economic History Association. In addition, her article (co-written with Ewout Frankema), "Metropolitan Blueprints of Colonial Taxation? Lessons from Fiscal Capacity Building in British and French Africa, c. 1880-1940,” was accepted for publication in the Journal of African History.
James Zarsadiaz has accepted a tenure-track job in the History Department at University of San Francisco, where he will also be affiliated with the Critical Diversity Studies Program.
Alex Lindgren-Gibson and Melissa Vise have both won Charlotte Newcombe fellowships to pursue dissertation research. Alex also won a Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowship (which she declined) and a research fellowship from the International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society (IASSCS).
Valerie Almendarez-Jiménez won a Five College Fellowship and will be at Hampshire College for the 2014 - 2015 academic year.
Kyle Burke's article, "Radio Free Enterprise: Clarence Manion and the Making of the Transnational Right in the 1960s," has been accepted for publication in Diplomatic History.
Matt Kahn was awarded Gerald R. Ford Foundation Research Travel Grant for travel to the Ford Library.
Don Johnson has won a Newport Historical Society Post-Graduate Fellowship in Historical Interpretation.
Matt June was awarded the Moody Research Grant from the LBJ Foundation, which will fund his research at the LBJ Presidential Library.
Rebecca Marchiel has accepted a position as visiting assistant professor of History at Franklin and Marshall College.
Joel Penning has been awarded at Fulbright Fellowship to conduct research in Italy. Joel was also accepted to the Mellon Summer Institute in Italian Paleography at the Getty Library.
Ian Saxine's article, "The Performance of Peace: Indians, Speculators, and the Politics of Property on the Maine Frontier, 1735-1737," won the Whitehill Prize in Early American History. The essay will be published this fall in the New England Quarterly.
Andrea Seligman has accepted a two-year position as a visiting assistant professor of African History at Allegheny College.
Neal Dugre accepted a tenure-line position as assistant professor of colonial American history at the University of Houston - Clear Lake.
Abby Trollinger will join the History Department at St. Norbert College next year as a tenure-line assistant professor.
The Huntington Library awarded Don Johnson a short-term fellowship.
Teng Li won a Predissertation Summer Grant from the Henry Luce Foundation/ ACLS Program in China Studies.
The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation granted Charlotte Cover a fellowship for research in Venice.
Wen-Qing Ngoei won a Diversity and International grant to travel to the conference of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR).
Ian Saxine has accepted a one-year visiting assistant professorship at Bates College, where he will teach Early and Native American history.
Wen-Qing Ngoei won the Frank Gibney award in American-East Asian Relations for his article, “The Domino Logic of the Darkest Moment: the fall of Singapore, the Atlantic echo chamber and ‘Chinese penetration’ in U.S. Cold War policy toward Southeast Asia.” The article will be published in the Journal of American-East Asian Relations.
Ronnie Grinberg (Ph.D. 2010) has accepted a tenure-track job at the University of Oklahoma, where she will wear two hats: Assistant Professor of History in Arts and Sciences and Assistant Professor of American Jewish History in the Schusterman Center for Judaic and Israeli Studies.
Dana Weiner’s (Ph.D. 2007) recent book, Race and Rights: Fighting Slavery and Prejudice in the Old Northwest, 1830-1870, was named best history in the 24th Annual Midwest Book Awards.
James Burkee (Ph.D. 2003) recently won the Biglerville Prize in American Lutheran History for his book entitled Power, Politics, and the Missouri Synod: A Conflict that Changed American Christianity (Fortress Press, 2013).
Will Cavert (Ph.D. 2011) has accepted a position as an Assistant Professor of History at St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Minnesota.
The Graduate School has announced that Marlous van Waijenburg is one of eight winners of the Presidential Fellowship, the highest honor the university bestows on graduate students.
Andrew Baer has won the American Bar Foundation's Law and Social Science Dissertation Fellowship. The fellowship will provide Andy with two years of support while he finishes his dissertation.
Emma Goldsmith has won the Curran Fellowship, awarded by the RSVP — the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals.
Ian Saxine has won a summer research fellowship at the Library of the Society of the Cincinnati, located in Washington, D.C. The full title of his award is The Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Maryland Fellowship.
Nathaniel Mathews has just published an article in the journal Islamic Africa; its title is "Imagining Arab Communities: Colonialism, Islamic Reform, and Arab Identity in Mombasa, Kenya, 1897-1933."
Blake Smith has published his 570 paper as “Diplomacy and its Forms of Knowledge: Anquetil-Duperron, the Balance of Power, and India in the French Global Imaginary, 1778-1803,” in L'Inde des Lumières: entre l'orientalisme et les sciences sociales (XVI-XIXe s.)/Indian Enlightenment, between Orientalism and Social Sciences (16th-19th c), eds. Marie Fourcade and Ines Zupanov. Éditions de l'École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Collection Purushartha, v. 31.
Another piece by Blake, “Starch Wars: Rice, Bread, and Empire in French Enlightenment Views of India,” will be published in a special issue of French Cultural Studies devoted to "Food and the French Empire."
Emily VanBuren is co-winner of the Beiling Wu Prize in Writing from TGS. This prize is awarded to a doctoral student who wrote the best essay on literature or literary culture in the first year of his/her program. Emily's winning paper is, "Selling the 'Peace International,' The London Commercial Theater, Cultural Diplomacy, and Hamlet, 1930"
Marlous van Waijenberg, together with co-author Ewout Frankema, has won the Arthur Cole prize for best article in the Journal of Economic History in 2012. Their prize-winning article is titled, "Structural Impediments to African Growth? New Evidence from Real Wages in British Africa."
Wen-Qing Ngoei has had a paper accepted by the London School of Economics Cold War Research Seminar, chaired by Arne Westad and Piers Ludlow. The title of his paper is, "Darkest Moment: The Fall of Singapore in 1942, the Atlantic Echo Chamber and 'Chinese Penetration' in the Domino Logic of U.S. Policy toward Southeast Asia."
Emily VanBuren will present her research on the history of British theater at the meeting of the Midwest Conference on British Studies and at the International War Memories Conference in Rennes, France. Emily writes a blog on the website GradHacker. She recently wrote about having a sense of humor in graduate school and about "being interdisciplinary."
Ian Saxine gave a public lecture at the Maine Historical Society in July. His talk was titled, "A Land Without Peace: Indians, Colonists, Speculators, and the Struggle for Maine, 1688-1763."
Gergely Baics (Ph.D. 2009), an assistant professor of History and Urban Studies at Barnard College, is one of two Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellows at the New-York Historical Society this year. Baics will be completing a book manuscript based on his NU dissertation. The book's title is Feeding Gotham: Urban Provisioning in Early New York, 1780-1860.
The History Department congratulates our 2013 departmental prize winners:
Andrew Warne, Harold Perkin Prize for Best Dissertation, for "Making a Judeo-Christian America: The Christian Right, Antisemitism, and the Politics of Religious Pluralism in the 20th Century United States"
Michael Falcone (co-winner), George Romani Prize for Best First-Year Paper, for "'For Everyman, Everywhere': Technology, Democracy, and Culture in the American Jet Age"
Emily VanBuren (co-winner), George Romani Prize for Best First-Year Paper, for "Selling the 'Peace International,' The London Commercial Theater, Cultural Diplomacy, and Hamlet, 1930"
Brian Druchniak and Emma Goldsmith (co-winners), T. W. Heyck Prize for Graduate Research in British or Irish History
Keith Rathbone, Lacey Baldwin Smith Prize for Seminar Teaching Excellence
Laila Ballout and Matthew June, Lacey Baldwin Smith Prize for Excellence as a Teaching Assistant
We salute of all our of recent Ph.D. graduates, listed here with the titles of their dissertations:
Stefanie Bator, "Toward Filipino Self-Rule: American Reform Organizations and American Colonialism in the Philippines, 1898-1946."
Molly MacKean Davis, "Greenbelt America: A New Deal Vision for Suburban Public Housing."
Celeste McNamara, "The Tragedy of Tridentine Reform in Late Seventeenth-Century Padua."
Howard Pashman, "Making Revolution Work: Law and Politics in New York, 1776-1783."
Meghann Pytka, "Policing Binary—Patrolling the Nation: Race and Gender in Polish Integral Nationalism, from Partitions to Parliament (1883-1926)."
Andrew Warne, "Making a Judeo-Christian America: The Christian Right, Antisemitism, and the Politics of Religious Pluralism in the 20th century United States."
Rebecca Marchiel has received a Weinberg College Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Award for 2012-13.
D'Weston Haywood (Ph.D. 2013) is joining the Department of History and Geography at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette as a tenure-track assistant professor.
Celeste McNamara (Ph.D. 2013) has accepted a position as visiting assistant professor of History at the College of William and Mary.
Juri Bottura won a four-month research fellowship from the Réseau Français d’Etudes Brésiliennes.
Jamie Holeman has been accepted to Northwestern's Paris Program in Critical Theory.
Azeta Kola received a Gladys Delmas Krieble Foundation Grant for research in the Venetian State Archives.
Michael Martoccio won a pre-doctoral fellowship at Ohio State's Center for Historical Research.
Julia Miglets received a Mellon Dissertation Year Fellowship from the Medieval Studies Program at NU.
Keith Rathbone was selected for a year-long fellowship at Sciences Po in Paris through NU's exchange program.
Johnna Sturgeon received a Mellon Dissertation Year Fellowship from the Medieval Studies Program at NU.
James Zarsadiaz was awarded an Ethnic Minority Dissertation Fellowship at the University of San Francisco.
Howard Pashman (Ph.D. 2013), the History Department's first joint JD/Ph.D. student, has won a Jerome Hall Postdoctoral Fellowship at Indiana University's Maurer School of Law.
Terri Keeley (Ph.D. 2013) has accepted a position at Georgetown University as Visiting Assistant Professor of U.S. International History/History of U.S. Foreign Relations with the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foriegn Service and the History Department.
Payson Croy has won a Fulbright fellowship to conduct research in the Czech Republic next year.
Zack Jacobson, "Parable on Ice: Hockey, Capitalism and American Decadence at the Lake Placid Olympics," was just published in the UCLA Historical Journal, 24 (2013), 61-75.
Charlie Keenan published an essay, “The Next Pope: What Happens Now?” on HNN last winter.
Charlie’s article, “Polish Religious Toleration and Its Opponents: The Catholic Church and the Warsaw Confederation of 1573,” will be published in Arts, Humanism and Philosophical Thought: Essays on the Polish Renaissance, forthcoming from Firenze University Press.
Nate Matthews, “Imagining Arab Communities: Colonialism, Islamic Reform and Arab Identity in Mombasa, Kenya, 1897-1933,” will soon be published in the journal Islamic Africa.
Stephanie Nadalo (Ph.D. 2013), “Populating a ‘Nest of Pirates, Murtherers, Etc.’: Tuscan Immigration Policy and Ragion di Stato in the Free Port of Livorno,” will be published in Religious Diaspora in Early Modern Europe: Strategies of Exile, Pickering and Chatto, 2014.
Stephanie also published “Negotiating Slavery in a Tolerant Frontier: Livorno’s Turkish Bagno (1547-1747),” in Mediaevalia, 32 (2011), 275-324.
Howard Pashman (Ph.D. 2013), "The People's Property Law: A Step Toward Building a New Legal Order in Revolutionary New York," will be published in Law and History Review this August.
Keith Rathbone, "Dressing the Colonial Body: The Senegalese Rifleman in Uniform and the Changing Discourse of the French Colonial Mission," was published in African Dress: Fashion, Agency, Performance, Bloomsbury, 2013.
Marcos Abreu, who will study precolonial African history, has won an M.A. thesis prize from the Palmares Foundation, an organ of the Brazilian government that promotes the study of Afro-Brazilian culture.
Timothy Noddings, who will study U.S. religion and will be a Gender/Sexuality Studies cluster fellow, has won a three-year doctoral fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Pamela Khanakwa (PhD 2011) has been named an ACLS African Humanities Fellow for 2013-2014. The competition draws applicants from all over Africa, and the fellowship is an enormous honor for Pamela, who is currently a Research Affiliate at the Makerere Institute of Social Research in Kampala, Uganda.
The Encyclopedia of Milwaukee Project, edited by Amanda Seligman (PhD 1999), just won a $250,000 grant from the NEH. Amanda is associate professor of History and Urban Studies at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. When completed, the encyclopedia will be published online by UW-M and in print by Northern Illinois University Press. You'll find the project's Facebook page here.
Ashley Johnson has won a Clark Travel-to-Collections Research Grant from The Henry Ford Research Center and the Mark C. Stevens Fellowship from the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan.
Jesse Nasta has been selected as a participant in the 2013 J. Willard Hurst Summer Institute in Legal History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Jason Johnson (Ph.D. 2011) is joining the history faculty at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, as a tenure-track assistant professor.
Sam Kling has published an article, "Wide Boulevards, Narrow Visions: Burnham’s Street System and the Chicago Plan Commission, 1909–1930," in the Journal of Planning History.
Anne Koenig (Ph.D. 2013) has accepted a tenure-track position at the University of South Florida.
Teri Chettiar (Ph.D. 2013) has accepted a two-year Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellowship at the European University Institute in Florence.
James Coltrain (Ph.D. 2011) has accepted a position at University of Nebraska as assistant professor of History and a faculty fellow in the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities.
Wen-Qing Ngoei has won the W. Stull Holt Dissertation Fellowship from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR). This fellowship will help fund Wen-Qing's research on U.S-Southeast Asia relations after World War II.
James Zarsadiaz, a fifth-year graduate student, has published an article in The Atlantic Cities, a web-based offshoot of The Atlantic magazine that focuses on urbanism and globalization. You can read it here.
Andrew Warne (Ph.D. 2012) has accepted a position as Program Coordinator for Undergraduate Research at Loyola University's Center for Experiential Learning.
Crystal Sanders (Ph.D. 2011), currently an assistant professor of History at Penn State University, has won two major dissertation prizes: the C. Vann Woodward Prize, given for best dissertation in southern U.S. history by the Southern Historical Association and the Claude Eggersten Prize, given by the History of Education Society for the best dissertation in that field.
Sam Kling has won the Richard Scharchburg Award for the best graduate student paper submitted to the Society of Automotive Historians. Sam's winning paper was titled, "Boulevards and Broken Dreams: Burnham's Plan, The Automobile, and Changing Ideas of Chicago's Streets, 1909-1929."
Darcy Hughes Heuring (Ph.D. 2011) has been appointed the Earl S. Johnson Instructor in the Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago. This is a full-time one-year position, renewable for two further years, and Darcy will be teaching Master's level courses and advising students on their MA thesis projects.
Marlous van Waijenburg has had a paper, "Structural Impediments to African Growth? New Evidence from Real Wages in British Africa," accepted by The Journal of Economic History. The paper is co-authored with Ewout Frankema, Utrecht University, and will probably appear in December 2012.
Alex Gourse has published an article, "Such Power Spells Tyranny: Business Opposition to Administrative Governance and the Transformation of Fair Employment Policy in Illinois, 1945-1964," in The Right and Labor in America: Politics, Ideology, and Imagination (Penn Press, 2012).
The History Department congratulates our 2012 departmental prize winners:
Will Cavert, Harold Perkin Prize for Best Dissertation, for "Producing Pollution: Coal, Smoke and Society in London, 1550-1750"
Blake Smith, George Romani Prize for Best First-Year Paper, for "Diplomacy and its Forms of Knowledge: Anquetil-Duperron, the Balance of Power, and India in the French Global Imaginary, 1778-1803"
Alexandra Lindgren-Gibson, T. W. Heyck Prize for Graduate Research in British or Irish History, for "British Non-elite Culture in India: Sexuality and Race in the Cantonment, 1858-1914"
D'Weston Haywood and Rebecca Marchiel, Lacey Baldwin Smith Prize for Seminar Teaching Excellence
Adam Plaiss and Marlous van Waijenburg, Lacey Baldwin Smith Prize for Excellence as a Teaching Assistant
We salute of all our of recent Ph.D. graduates, listed here with the titles of their dissertations:
Kathryn Burns-Howard, “Agents of Their Own Souls: The Family, Insanity and Individual Conscience in the Nineteenth-Century United States."
Tristan Cabello, "Race, Homosexuality, and the Making of Bronzeville, 1935-65."
Emily J. Callaci, “Ujamaa Urbanism: History, Urban Culture and the Politics of Authenticity in Socialist Dar es Salaam, 1967-80.”
Genevieve R. Carlton, "Worldly Consumers: The Demand for Maps in Renaissance Italy."
William Cavert, “Producing Pollution: Coal, Smoke, and Society in London, 1550-1750.”
David Davidson, “Republic of Risk: Canals and Commercial Infrastructure Planning in the United States, 1783-1808.”
Bettina Hessler, “Transatlantic Religion and Nation Formation in America: The Moravian Church, 1735-1818.”
Pamela Khanakwa, "'A Nation without Men?' Struggles in the Practice of Male Circumcision among the Gisu in 20th-Century Uganda.”
Frances Kneupper, “German Identity and Spiritual Reform at the End of Time: Eschatological Prophecy in Late Medieval Germany.”
Richard N. Lutjens, “Jews in Hiding in Nazi Berlin, 1941-1945."
Mathew Miller, “'Death Car’ Reckoning: Responses to the Automobile Slaughter in Chicago, 1920-1938."
Courtney Kneupper (Ph.D. 2012) has won a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Erlangen International Consortium for Research in the Humanities for the 2012-2013 academic year.
Richard Lutjens Jr. (Ph.D. 2012) has been hired as a visiting assistant professor of German history at Loyola University Maryland.
Juri Bottura has received a Bourse Doctorale from Sciences Po, Paris, France.
Azeta Kola has received a Fulbright to pursue research in Albania.
Crystal Sanders (Ph.D. 2011) has accepted a tenure-line position at Penn State University.
Alexandra Lindgren-Gibson has been named a Graduate Student Fellow for the Sexualities Project at Northwestern (SPAN) in 2012-2013. Also, Teri Chettiar (Ph.D. 2013) has been awarded a SPAN summer research grant.
Katy Burns-Howard (Ph.D. 2011) has landed a visiting assistant professorship in the History Department at Miami University of Ohio.
Terri Keeley (Ph.D. 2013) has won a Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, as has former History student Robert Harkins (M.A. 2007).
Andrew Warne (Ph.D. 2012) has been designated a Weinberg College Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award for 2011-12.
Strother Roberts (Ph.D. 2011) has won an ACLS New Faculty Fellowship.
James Coltrain (Ph.D. 2011) has accepted a position as a faculty fellow at the University of Nebraska's Center for Digital Research in the Humanities.
Erin-Marie Legacey (Ph.D. 2011) has accepted a tenure-track position at Texas Tech University.
Nate Mathews has won a Fulbright Fellowship to pursue research in Oman.
D'Weston Haywood (Ph.D. 2013) has accepted the Arnold L. Mitchem Dissertation Fellowship in the History Department at Marquette University.
Peter Thilly has won an SSRC International Dissertation Research Fellowship and a Fulbright US Student Award to conduct research in China.
Stefanie Bator (Ph.D. 2012) has accepted job teaching history at Lake Forest (IL) Academy.
Emily Callaci (Ph.D. 2012) has accepted a tenure-track position in African history at University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Melissa Hamilton-Vise has won a Presidential Fellowship, the top honor Northwestern gives to graduate students.
Anne Koenig (Ph.D. 2013) has been featured in the NU Research 2011 Annual Report as an example of Excellence in Research for her work on Mental Illness in the Middle Ages. Link to Annual Report Page
Howard Pashman (Ph.D. 2013), a student in the joint J.D./Ph.D. program, has won an ACLS/Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship.